FaceOnMars - 9:55 pm on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thank you g1, one of the items you've listed apparently fixed the issue ... just need to figure out which one :-)
Although I'm curious when you said "Put all of the rules in the root htaccess", whether or not this is necessary or if you were simply suggesting this in effort to help debug?
I was under the impression that it helps to mitigate resource utilization to place .htaccess files as deep as possible within the directory structure.
Regardless, thank you for your help!